Describe the strategies (tricks used to deceive and an enemy) that Rainsford used in his effort to foil his "The Most Dangerous Game"

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First, Rainsford tries to confuse General Zaroff by laying a complicated trail through the jungle.  Zaroff is able to pinpoint Rainsford's location, and almost sees Rainsford in the tree in which he's hiding, but Zaroff turns and leaves before he and Rainsford make eye contact.  (Rainsford realizes that the general knew he was there, but that he was "playing with him" and "saving him for another day's sport," as finding Rainsford had been too easy.)

Next, Rainsford constructs a Malay man-catcher, which the general detects before he is caught by it.  He calls to Rainsford:

If you are within the sound of my voice, as I suppose you are, let me congratulate you.  Not many men know how to make a Malay man-catcher.  Luckily, for me, I too have hunted in Malacca.

Rainsford's next attempt to thwart Zaroff's pursuit of him leads him to dig a Burmese tiger pit.  That trap doesn't catch Zaroff--it catches one of his hunting dogs. 

Ultimately, Rainsford swims to the general's home--rather than walk through the jungle--and confronts Zaroff in his bedroom.  Finally, Rainsford wins the battle against his hunter.

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